The 37th edition of the Cabourg Festival takes place from June 14 to 18, 2023. Each year, more than fifty romantic short and feature films are presented in previews in the presence of young talents and big names in French and European cinema. .
An unmissable event in French and international cinema, the Cabourg Festival welcomes more than 12,000 festival-goers for 5 days for indoor and outdoor screenings on the theme of Romanticism. For the big names in cinema, it’s an opportunity to come and present their new films and receive prizes.
At the same time, in partnership with Les Cahiers du Cinéma and Première, the Cabourg Festival, also known as the Romantic Festival, is organizing for the second year the competition for young critics which highlights the profession of film critic and reveals young talents. This competition has 2 prizes:
An invitation for a unique experience at the Cabourg Festival including access to all screenings (6 candidates)
The possibility of carrying out an observation internship in the partner newsrooms of the prize (2 winners)
We note the presence of 2 juries for this Festival
The feature film jury chaired by director and screenwriter Katell Quillévéré and accompanied by Oulaya Amamra (actress), Eric Caravaca (actor and director), Cécile Cassel-Hollysiz (actress and singer), Michaël Cohen (actor), Antoine Dulery (actor ), François Kraus (producer), Virginie Ledoyen (actress) and Annabelle Lengronne (actress)
The short film jury co-chaired by directors and screenwriters Fanny Liatiard and Jérémy Trouilh., accompanied by Monica Coleman (editor), Julien Frison (actor), Soufiane Guerrab (actor), Anne Holmes (producer) and Lorenzo Viotti (head orchestra).
The opening night of the festival, June 15, was dedicated to the Orchester à l’Ecole association, in partnership with the Grand Hôtel Cabourg-MGallery. This association allows children from all over France and from all socio-cultural backgrounds to learn an instrument in a school and to play in an orchestra after a few months of practice. During the dinner, a raffle of roses was organized. On this occasion, the trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf gave a mini-concert, accompanied by an orchestra class at the School.
Among the stars present on the red carpet, we could see Patrick Bruel and Jean Réno, Franck Dubosc, Antine Duléry, Amanda Sthers, Virginie Ledoyen, Arielle Dombasle, Alex Lutz, Jean-Pierre Darroussin or even François Berléand and Louis Garrel.
Feature film competition
There were 7 films of all nationalities in this competition on the theme of Romanticism. These same films were presented to the “Youth” jury:
THE BEAST IN THE JUNGLE by Patric Chiha (France), LE SYNDROME DES AMOURS PAST by Ann Sirot and Raphaël Balboni (Belgium), PALOMA by Marcelo Gomes (Brazil), SIMPLE COMME SYLVAIN by Monia Chokri (Canada), SKIN DEEP by Alex Schaad (Germany), WHITE PLASTIC SKY by Tibor Bánóczki and Sarolta Szabó (Hungary).
There were 16 films present in preview in this category. The film most popular with the public will be awarded the Public Pix. It is noted that the majority of these films are made by women.
20,000 SPECIES OF BEES by Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren (Spain), EISMAYER by David Wagner (Austria), BETWEEN THE LINES by Eva Husson (UK), LAST DANCE! by Delphine Lehericey (Switzerland), LE THEOREM DE MARGUERITE by Anna Novion (France), LES PROMESSES by Amanda Sthers (Italy), LET THE DANCE BEGIN by Marina Seresesky (Argentina), MASTER GARDENER by Paul Schrader (USA), NEZOUH by Soudade Kaadan (Syria), NEW START by Philippe Lefebvre (France), PUNCH by Welby Ings (New Zealand), RENDEZ-VOUS À TOKYO by Daigo Matsui (Japan), UNDER THE CARPET by Camille Japy (France), ON THE BRANCH by Marie Garel-Weiss (France), ONE NIGHT by Alex Lutz (France).
The selection of feature and short films in competition gives the public the opportunity to attend screenings of romantic films from all walks of life.
The Panorama section presents a preview of the romantic films of the year.
The First Dates section highlights our young French actors and actresses in their first appearance on screen.
The Par Amour de la Musique section offers the public a selection of films that put music at the heart of the story.
The Catleya section, a selection for enthusiasts in search of sensuality
On the beach, 400 spectators take advantage of the night to find the greatest romantic hits with the Ciné-Plage de Cabourg.
Conferences, debates, meetings enliven the Festival for 5 days.
The closing ceremony is the moment when the 2 juries composed of professionals, a jury of high school students from Normandy but also the spectators reward the feature films by awarding: the Grand Prize, the Youth Prize and the Audience Prize., and for short films: best short film, best actress, best actor. The Swann d’Or ceremony accompanies this award ceremony. The Swann d’Or honors the female and male revelation, the best actress and the best romantic actor as well as the best romantic film of the year.
Cabourg Mon Amour Festival
Cabourg mon Amour is a music festival associated with the Cabourg film festival. Every year, since 2012, pop, rock, rap and electro are offered to festival-goers during the day and evening, on Cabourg beach, around the Casino.
One of the most anticipated events in France, it can accommodate up to 2,500 people during the day, but the number does not exceed 10,000 in order to remain intimate. For 3 days, artists from all walks of life share the stage. Among them, we noted Juliette Armanet, Angèle, Clara Luciani, Flavien Berger or even Yseult.
Activities accompany the festival over the 3 days, including a Mölkky (traditional Finnish game), a pétanque court, a football pitch, a Cabourg grocery store, a vinyl stand…
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